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2018 was an exciting year for the Roosevelt branch of the Duchesne County Library System with Librarian Stephen Moon being named Utah’s Librarian of the Year and with plans moving forward on a new Roosevelt library. In recent years, the Roosevelt branch library has exceeded state benchmarks with their stats growing in circulation, frequency of events, attendance, and visits to the library. “Our event attendance went way up and in essence outgrew our library,” shares Duchesne County Library System Director Daniel Mauchley.
Starvation Reservoir is the place to be this Saturday for a day of fishing and major prizes at the ‘Snow Dog Ice Addiction’ ice fishing tournament. According to event coordinator Will Dykstra, the ice is 8 ½ to 10 inches thick depending where you are. At the boat ramp where the tournament is taking place, the conditions are safe with good, hard ice.
The Lane Frost Challenge thrills fans every year as cowboys compete to carry on the legacy of Lane Frost and this weekend is the 19th year for the competition. Lane Frost is known the world over for the movie ‘8 Seconds’ which tells the story of the bull riding legend that meets a tragic end. Lane grew up on a Lapoint farm where he started riding dairy calves at the age of 5.
Heavy precipitation moved across Utah Thursday night resulting in travel impacts through much of the state. UDOT reports road snow and slush the entire route of Highway 40 in Utah with moderate travel caution required through Uintah and most of Duchesne County and high travel caution required into Wasatch County at Strawberry Reservoir, Daniel's Canyon, and Heber Valley to Park City. The heavy mountain snow also means I-80 in Parley's Canyon east into Wyoming is high caution with impaired travel conditions expected into Friday.
While it may only make a small dent in a missing paycheck, efforts are being made locally to help furloughed federal employees during the government shutdown. Local school districts have announced that households of furloughed federal employees may apply for temporary free or reduced school meal benefits for their children.
Those of us in the Uintah Basin know that there are several hidden gems of unique experiences throughout the area. One such hidden gem is the Uinta Highline Trail with its variety of landscapes. The striking character of the trail is its openness and expansive views—treeless terrain accounts for over half the distance of the trail.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources wants to invite anglers to ice fish Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The smaller lake trout are causing problems many other species of fish.
Randy Oplinger, sport fisheries coordinator for the Utah DWR, explains that “the smaller lake trout are competing with kokanee salmon and rainbow trout for food.”
The Uintah High School Student of the Week is David Tovar, nominated by Mr. Piner. The Ute Athlete of the Week is head captain of the drill team Alexis Conduff, nominated by the drill coaching staff.
The Union High School Student of the Week is Freshman Parker Labrum. The Union High School Athlete of the Week is ‘over performing’ Senior Logan Gillman.
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Vernal City Councilman and business owner Ted Munford stunned the crowd at the annual Halloween Mayor’s Walk again this year with this jaw dropping creation. This is just one of the many similar Halloween costumes he has built over the years. Thank you Ted for this incredible demonstration of love for your community and our children over the years.
There was fellowship, food, and fun at St. James Greater Catholic Church in Vernal on Saturday for the 2018 Feast of St. James Carnival. All were invited and many were able to come enjoy delicious Mexican, Filipino, and Vietnamese food, as well as catfish fried by the Knights of Columbus. Vibrant traditional dances from Mexico were also performed.
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